All wines over $25 per bottle will be vintage specific. In the case the listed vintage is out of stock, we will inform you via email for approval to go ahead.
The Wine Front – Grapefruit, quince, guava, green chilli, a touch of cream and smoke. Good delivery and intensity of flavour, a gentle gloss to it, but a wonderful flinty texture too, with intensity moving up a notch on the finish, which is precise and chalky. Great expression of Sauvignon. Smashed it!
James Halliday –
World Wine – Wild yeast fermented in a concrete tank, though a portion goes into barrel. Bottled without fining and with limited filtration. Almost always a handy wine, this one. This has body. It has flavour. It's almost plump with fruit. And yet it slides down to an elegant, gravelly, throaty finish. A bit of style, without getting ahead of itself. Puts dinner on the plate first and only thereafter works at prettying it up, so to speak.
The Wine Front – Rose oil and sappy perfume, juicy sweet and sour cherry, autumnal stuff, spice. Medium bodied, spiced cherry and plum, firm acidity, sappy flavours, a bit savoury, length good too, mulchy and pert.
James Halliday – Hand-picked, wild yeast, 7 days cold soak, open-fermented, 5 days post-ferment maceration, matured in French oak (20% new) for 11 months, not fined or filtered. Good hue, clear purple-crimson; has a tangy brightness to the cherry-accented fruit flavours, the palate long and particularly well balanced; a juicy, fresh finish, oak no more than a whisper.
James Halliday – "Wow. Silky smooth aromas of red berries, grey minerality (granite, graphite etc) and breaths of oceans air whispered about. The palate is exactly as the nose promises, elegant and refined. Length of flavour is where this really kicks into gear, extending seamlessly across the palate, lingering and swirling in its profile. Beautiful, classical cabernet from a cool vintage. What a pleasure this is." - Erin Larkin (Halliday Wine Companion)
Huon Hooke – "Brilliantly deep, brooding red/purple colour. The bouquet is fresh and vibrant, with loads of cassis, violet and blackberry varietal fruit, expertly infused with cedary oak notes. The wine is very intense and powerful, full-bodied and well structured, the cassis flavours rocketing through on the very extended finish and aftertaste. A majestic cabernet." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)
The Wine Front – Sauvignon blanc and semillon with some chardonnay, they say. This is the Little Touch Of Christmas label (which is just a festive season alternative). About 20% is barrel fermented. It’s been a winning drink for a long while. Good balance, refreshing feel, easy going texture with a touch of extra interest. There’s good intensity of green pea/grassy semillon and a counter punch of tropical fruity semillon. The palate has good energy, stacks of freshness, dry finish. There’s all the citrus and zestiness to acidity you could ask for. Kind of an old school Margaret River dry white kind of feel, in the best possible way. It’s got plenty of charisma.
James Halliday – 70% cabernet sauvignon, 24% merlot, the remainder cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec, 18 months in French barriques (60% new). Bright, clear colour; a remarkably elegant, juicy red and black berry fruit-filled wine, neither oak or tannins seeking to interfere with the fruit. One of those rare wines to be drunk now or in 20+ years. Rating 96” Halliday Wine Companion 2017
The Wine Front – We’ve pretty much liked/loved every release of Teusner’s The Dog Strangler Mataro that we’ve tried. Sheesh. This is seductive. This is good. If you want a guaranteed-to-please Aussie red, look no further. It offers a wealth of dark, berried, suede-like fruit flavour and it does so in the smoothest, most supple fashion. It has spice, it has earth, it has tannin – it has credentials – but mostly it’s a bloom of beautiful mataro fruit flavour. Coffeed/toasty/milky oak, modestly applied, is an excellent finishing touch.
The Wine Front – Softer style, with richness of flavour and almost creamy to taste. There’s gooseberries, lime, subtle whiff of tomato bush and thistle, but it’s more about fruit than shrubbery. Chalky feel, juicy fruit, and a lime and snow pea infused finish of good length. Altogether good. Composed and stylish.
The Wine Front – Organic-biodynamic farmed vineyards at Seresin. Less is more winemaking applied in winery. One of those wines that had me from ‘hello’. Glossy, delicate pinot noir of cherry and cherry pip vibe. Pretty floral-berry perfume, light and juicy feel in the palate with some silky tannin lending shape and a touch of judicious firmness. Mouthwatering kind of stuff here. It’s so easy to drink this, and hard not to see the understated class. If anything, just a touch dilute in personality, but the drinkability here makes up for it.
World Wine –
The Wine Front – The up-front appeal is simple and fun but when it gets to the finish it spreads and runs in the most wonderful fashion. The fruit here is high quality to say the least. It tastes of concentrated raspberry and woodsmoke, earth and anise, the finish then gently herbal and spicy in the most positive and sweet-scented of ways. The aromatics, the flavours, the mouthfeel and the finish; it impresses from all angles.